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1941 Champions

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Would anyone happen to know the numbers of each type of Champions that were produced in 1941(i.e. 2DR Coupes, 2 Dr Sedans and 4 DR Sedans)

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4 door - 28,020 (3 trim levels)

2 door sedan - 38,153 (3 trim levels)

Coupes - 19,021 (9 trim levels)

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Thank you very much studeq,

It is probably too much to ask if there was a breakdown by trim levels. As the proud owner of a 1941 myself, I am always interested in determining how many more of my type are still out there.

Thanks again.

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Yeah just ask Dick, about 19,000 of those coupes still exsist. They are as common as model Ts.

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Sounds like this Studerex is jealous he doesn't have a '41 Champ coupe!

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This is the opera coupe with the two fold down rear seats.

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Well I appreciate the thought but I have a 2 dr Sedan, not a coupe. Every where I have looked for information only covers the grand total produced for the year, not by body style.

John

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Production: Custom (body F3) 19,559

Custom/DeLuxe (body F5) 16,709

DeLuxe Tone (body F9) 1,885

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Well not exactly. Currently under a complete off the frame restoration and it is a F5 version. But other than that yes it does.

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Q3 Double Dater. Silly name, the back seat is too small to SIT in, much less get past second base.

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Studeq,

With all your knowledge of these car, can you give me a breakdown of the differences between the trim versions.

I am attempting to restore mine to the orginal condition and would like to make sure that I get it right.

Thank you

John

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The standard equipment available on each trim level is shown above. It should be remembered however that one could order a "Custom" model then add any of the individual options/accessories separately. For example the "Custom" was solid color interior and exterior but you could order a "custom" and get the two tone paint at extra charge. Also true of any other items like the Deluxe steering wheel, rear fender gravel guards, etc.

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rtq: you amaze me. ;)
Thanks Don, that's what all the girls tell me! :cool:

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For what it may be worth I did a rather comprehensive 5300 word article (with 30+ photos) on the 1941-46 Studebaker Champions for the April 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine. They can be ordered directly from the publisher or they are on Ebay sometimes. Here is one now running but too expensive in my opinion: April 2011 Collectible Automobile Magazine 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Hardtop | eBay

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Studeq,

I am going to ask a really dumb question. According to the sheet you attached to this thread, my original tires were 5.50X16 blackwalls. Would you happen by chance to know what size that would be in mordern terms?

I reached out to Tire Rack and they could not tell me what size the vehicle required.

Thank you

John

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The firms that deal in antique tires still use the old size designations. However I believe the 550 X 16 would cross over to a 185R16. In '41 Studebaker used Firestones unless on special order.

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Studeq,

Thank you very much for the size. Would you have any suggestions as to who may be the firms that you were refering to?

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I might add that 600 X 16 was the optional size (from the factory) and many people favor this slightly larger tire. As for authenticity either is ok. In any event the new tires are not exactly the same size as the 1941 versions.

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Studeq,

Let me ask this then, when the sheet above says that the tires were Blackwall, is that a type of tire? I looked at the Coker site and they offer a Firestone Blackwall that actually had a white wall to it. Am I just confused?

John

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Blackwalls were black and whitewalls were white (at least approx 3" wide white). The tire companies sell both, they just happened to display the white for eye appeal (of course they are more expensive). Whitewalls were an option on all cars of that vintage incl Studebaker. See my two cars of which I posted photos previously, one has white, one black. Personally I like the whitewall but that is a matter of personal preference.

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Studeq,

Thank you very much. I too prefer the Wide whites over the blackwall. Adds a touch of class.

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